Last week, it was reported that the New York Jets are set to hire Rick Dennison as their next offensive line coach. Apparently, Dennison won’t only be coaching O-linemen, but he’ll also be taking charge of the Jets rushing attack as it is rumored that he will be the Jets “run-game coordinator” as well.

This hiring may have flown under the radar for many, but it’s actually pretty noteworthy for a few different reasons. One is that the Jets O-line was definitely less than stellar last year, especially in run blocking, with players (especially Wesley Johnson) making many errors that probably have a lot to do with poor coaching, like missed assignments. Also, Dennison will be tasked with not only overseeing the continued development of Brandon Shell, one of the Jets most promising young players, but also any other young linemen the Jets either pick up or draft (Billy Price anybody?) as they look to improve their personnel this offseason.

Finally, as run game coordinator, Dennison will look to direct a rushing attack that I believe has been woefully mismanaged for the past few years. As anyone who has read my articles will know, I am continually perplexed by the under usage of Bilal Powell while Matt Forté is conversely overused.  While it might be a bit late for Dennison to sort this out (Forté won’t be on the team next year in all likelihood and Powell is probably nearing the end of his prime, which is sad considering how it was wasted with incompetent coaching), he will have the chance to manage personnel in the future better than his predecessors.

Personally, I think Dennison is a good hire based on his past experiences. He just was the offensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills this past year, who had the sixth best rushing attack.

Dennison also had the chance to work with the likes of LeSean McCoy. Perhaps Dennison will be able to help younger backs the Jets acquire by advising them to do things that he used to see LeSean do.

Dennison is also very seasoned, having a NFL coaching career stemming back all the way to 1995.  His pedigree is pretty impressive; he was the offensive coordinator for Peyton Manning when he won the Super Bowl with the Broncos. I’m always a fan of the Jets hiring a coach with a winning history.

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

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